Cloth Diapers – The Best and Worst for Poo (Part I)

Poop happens.  It’s a fact of life.  Or Everyone Poops.  However you look at it, it’s something that definitely has to be handled when using cloth diapers.  That being said, no all cloth diapers are the same and not all of them handle poop equally well.  Some handle poop just fine, but are absolutely horrendous to clean.  Sometimes, though, the best diaper for poo is also the worst to clean.

Here’s my poop preference, in order from “please poop in this” to “no pooping ever, please.”

Best Bottom Diapers

Best Bottom cloth diapers

Nothing contains poopsplosions quite like Best Bottom cloth diapers

Best Bottom diapers are a double-edged poop sword.  I hate cleaning poop out of them because the PUL is exposed.  That makes it more likely to bounce back at me if I have the diaper sprayer pressure on too high.  On the other hand, though, there is no mess that Best Bottom diapers can’t contain.  They even contained a prune blowout that caused me to throw out a pair of pajamas earlier that same day.  And if I don’t use the diaper sprayer on the shell, it’s easier to just use a cloth wipe, flushable wipe or toilet paper to wipe poo out of the double gusset.  At least, once I get past the “ick” factor of wiping a diaper shell like I’d wipe my daughter’s bottom.

Where to buy: CozyBums (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US)

Rumparooz Cloth Diapers

Rumparooz Cloth Diapers


Rumparooz are, again, a double gusset diaper.  I know that it will contain the mess well.  It’s easier to clean out than Best Bottom, but I don’t have the same confidence in Rumparooz cloth diapers’ ability to contain poo.  That, I think, is largely because Eudora hasn’t had a prune ‘splosion in her Rumparooz yet.

Where to buy: Lagoon Baby (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US)

Fuzzi Bunz cloth diapers

Fuzzi Bunz cloth diapers


FuzziBunz cloth diapers are just a great, all around diaper.  The lack of a double gusset means that it has a harder time containing the truly disgustingly runny stuff, but it still contains well enough to salvage an outfit.  Plus, it’s amazingly easy to clean with a diaper sprayer.  It’s a relief when Norton relieves himself in a FuzziBunz.  Messes just spray right off, no problems.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Fuzzi Bunz (US and most other countries besides Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US)

BumGenius 4.0 cloth diaper

BumGenius 4.0 cloth diaper

BumGenius 4.0

BumGenius 4.0 is another great all around cloth diaper that works well.  It won’t necessarily contain the truly explosive stuff, but it’ll contain the run-of-the-mill ickies.  This is a preferred diaper for average poop due to the ease of cleaning.  The only downside is that there’s this wonderful little flap that goes over the back of the pocket, and that flap can hold water when I spray to rinse.  It’s not a big deal for middle poopers, but it sucks for kids who poop up the back.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US)

Wow.  This has gotten long!  I’ll continue this list tomorrow.  What’s your favorite diaper for baby poo?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Sharisse Lopez says:

    4 years ago when I was cloth diapering my daughter my go-to’s were FuzziBunz and Baby Soft Wraps. I wonder if FB’s changed that much… I’m anxious to kind of start over with all these advancements in cloth diapering!

  2. I had no idea that this is what cloth diapers were like. I use disposable for my kids many moons ago but remember cloth diapers from my babysitting years. They have come a long way! Great review.

  3. Great rundown; so informative for parents looking for the perfect cloth diapers.

  4. McKell Lyman says:

    Such a great comparison – I love that you’ve tried so many styles – it really helps narrow the market

  5. Melissa Smith says:

    Thanks for the reviews. I just bought some Best Bottom diapers, and I love them as well for keeping in the poo.

  6. Sarah Hayes says:

    I have 2 of these brands. The Best Bottoms have been pretty good at keeping in poo bc you cant beat the double gussets!

  7. Kristen Redman says:

    This is great. I have to say the best for poop (IMO, and from my stash) is the Applecheeks because I don’t have to dig around for an insert, and the material is thin and not too textured, so it…ummm…”releases” well; I don’t like my FB for poop or my BGs. That suede cloth on the BGs is a beast. Way too textured. :S
    I never use the sprayer. My husband turns off the water, and I have a dirty diaper in one hand, trying to get to the knob behind the toilet, and I will always get the water pressure wrong and end up spraying the entire bathroom with poop. Including myself. No thanks!

  8. Never thought of diapers in an order of poop friendliness before. Perhaps it’s because I don’t own or want a diaper sprayer. What shakes out of the diaper shakes out, the rest goes with it into the wetbag.


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